|A Microsoft User - ready to use the interweb|
BUT Microsoft insists on installing its browser into its Windows operating system. And not only does it ship as a default browser, but it's so deeply entrenched into the OS that you can't uninstall it. I'm not sure why Microsoft thinks that a web browser should be integrated into an operating system, but I'm sure there is a reason for this (like preventing users from choosing other browsers).
So the average Internet Explorer user is a Windows user (typically less savvy than Mac/Linux users) who is unaware that there are better ways to explore the Internet (less savvy than Firefox or Chrome users). Who would choose a browser that is slower and less featured than a competing browser (like Chrome)?
So, if your target market consists of special needs people who "choose" inferior products then by all means target the gullible Internet Explorer users. It's like taking candy from special needs kids.
Is there hope for the future?
|An Internet Explorer is pulled over on the Internet Highway|
IE7 promised to offer a cure for cancer and be an improvement on IE6. That's pretty much the only promise that Microsoft actually managed to keep, but having Satan poke my eyes out while Steve Ballmer (crazy monkey man) sodomizes me would be better than IE6. So by aiming for the low hanging fruit Microsoft actually delivered on a promise. Sodomy from the world's sweatiest billionaire would only be made worse by his screams "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS" which I imagine would be his replacement for "oh God I'm coming". I'm not suggesting Mr Ballmer enjoys anal sex (I know he's married with tadpoles) but he does appear to have a somewhat sadistic approach to web developers so the analogy is used. I'm actually quite fond of the monkey man - he gives me about 5 hours extra on every project I do.